Register for a free bicycle loan

Our free bicycle loan scheme allows you to try a bicycle for 4 weeks, for free, before you decide whether to buy a bicycle of your own. 

You can choose from standard pedal bicycles, folding bicycles and electric bicycles. Helmet, lock and lights are included.  

Advance registration required with photo ID, proof of address and deposit.  

Deposit amounts are £10 for pedal bikes and £50 for electrically assisted bikes (to be paid cashless by Visa/Mastercard).  This will be credited back to your account when you return the bicycle in good condition.

You can register for a bike loan if you are over 18 year old and live, work or study in Camden.

Register

By phone on 020 7974 1451 or by email tryabike@camden.gov.uk

 

Bicycles available

Standard pedal bicycles

Our Gazelle and Cambridge Bobbin pedal cycles are step-through (Dutch-style) bicycles in sizes to fit cyclists with a height between 5’0” and 6’2”.  

Cambridge Bobbin bike Gazelle Paris bike

Electric bicycles

Our Gazzelle Vento electric bikes have sizes to fit cyclists between 4’10” and 6’0.

Gazelle electric bike

 

Folding bicycles

Our Brompton folding bike can be more easily stored indoors and carried on public transport. It will fit cyclists between 4’10” and 6’0.

Brompton folding bike

 

Register

By phone on 020 7974 1451 or by email tryabike@camden.gov.uk

Collect your bike

You can collect the bike at one of our regular Try A Bike dates:

Date Time Availability
Sunday 2 June 2019 12.00noon - 2.00pm last remaining
Saturday 29 June 2019 12.00noon - 2.00pm bikes available
Sunday 4 August 2019 12.00noon - 2.00pm bikes available
Sunday 2 September 2019 12.00noon - 2.00pm bikes available
Sunday 6 October 2019 12.00noon - 2.00pm bikes available
Saturday 2 November 2019 12.00noon - 2.00pm bikes available
Saturday 7 December 2019 12.00noon - 2.00pm bikes available

 

The collection location is  Phoenix Court, Purchese St, Kings Cross, NW1 1EL

We will ask you to sign a loan agreement with details of your deposit, the bike and the equipment.

One of our cycle instructors will fit your bike and helmet. 

You can take part in a short Cycle Skills assessment, or sign up for free Cycle Skills training.

 

Looking after your bike

Your bicycle shouldn't need any maintenance during the 4-week loan, but you may need to pump up the tyres. We can show how to do this when you collect your bicycle. 

You must always lock the bicycle when it's unattended, even just for a moment. Overnight you must keep it somewhere sheltered and secure.  

If the bicycle is stolen, you must contact the police immediately to report the theft and get a crime reference number. After you have done this, phone us as soon as possible with this information. If the bicycle gets damaged, you must stop cycling and phone us for advice about what to do next. 

Register

By phone on 020 7974 1451 or by email tryabike@camden.gov.uk

At the end of the loan

At the end of the 4 weeks, you must return the Camden Bike to Phoenix Court where you collected it. The bike will be checked for damage and your deposit returned if all is well. Unfortunately, we cannot extend the loan period.

If you decide to buy a bike, our instructors can advise on suitable bikes for you. 

Register

By phone on 020 7974 1451 or by email tryabike@camden.gov.uk